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Blessing the other

This is Bell’s work.

Both Anne and Bell like Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice.

The little white flowers growing in our yard seemed to mimic those Lizzy wore in her hair to the Netherfield Ball.

The girls equally enjoyed the impromptu hair art.

And I was blessed to see how a tiny moment can be used to make a memory.

A blessing of one sister to the other.

The simple act of doing something to bless.

Personally, blessing others blesses me as well.

I think that is one of the reasons I enjoy my job so much.

To see a skill learned, an obstacle overcome, a heart touched; all of these are true blessings.

It’s also the best part of being a mother.

I get to serve those around me every day in one way or another.

Yes, it can become overwhelming.

Especially when needs are far greater than my personal resources.

I have seen clearly those are the times God uses to show me how to lean on Him.

And then I understand the Father’s heart a little more clearly.

He loves blessing His children too.

But He’s never out of balance.

His blessings are not always seen for the value that is in each difficult or trying circumstance.

Instead of spoiling His children with momentary pleasure or temporary treasure, His heart is to bless us with eternal relationship.

Not that He withholds all pleasure on Earth so we appreciate Heaven more.

Instead He gives the gifts which will grow the individual.

Then, just because He’s such a loving Creator, He places positive moments into our lives.

Like this little memory of our girls being blessed by the other.



As the oldest of
2 girls raised
I sometimes wished
someone else was
older to be “responsible”.

However, my younger sister
was always great at backing me

Once when a group of girls in high school decided to pick on me
(on a daily basis)
they thought it would be
an added slight to include
my younger sister in their activities
while excluding me.

She listened to what they had to say
then came straight to me and related the entire business, explaining that
they now understood that she
had my back.

I have never forgotten the comfort her loyalty and love brought me.

Years later,
when I was living in Europe
my sister would email me regularly just to keep in touch.

She once sent me a song by Matthew West (the motions) and said,
“You are the only person I know who doesn’t have to say they haven’t given their all.

When I was in need of surgery she stayed the night in my hospital room acting as my personal nurse.

(Which was a huge thing as her husband and two little ones stayed home.)

Even last year she jumped in and taught a high school class when the teacher had to suddenly resign due to family illness.

So I can say even as adults my sister and I are

And I am very thankful for the Lord blessing me with a sister.

As I raise my girls,
and speak to them about being
“responsible ”
for themselves and each other
I find that often
I use my own experience
as examples.

I often remind them that they don’t get a choice
their siblings are.

They don’t get a
they were born
(1st, 2nd, 3rd,).

They only get to
they will treat
the others.

Because together
is a privilege
as well as
a “responsibility”.

“If someone says,  ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother,  he is a liar;  for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen,  how can he love God whom he has not seen?”  1 John 4:20